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There's a sub-genre of films that tell the stories of folks in a family. There's another sub-genre of films that purport to be holiday films. When those two subs marry, they create a film like "Love the Coopers," which tells a family's story at Christmastime.

Published in Film Reviews
Friday, 01 February 2013 01:00

'Stand Up Guys' Falls Flat

Val, don't call him by his given name Valentine, gets out of prison after 28 years' incarceration. Best friend and colleague Doc greets Val upon his release with a job to do--Doc must kill Val. No dummy, Val knows and thus begins a long night of nostalgia and philosophizing, regrets and resignation.

Published in Film Reviews

Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has every element an entertaining film could want: terrific cinematography, solid sound design, a clever script, breathtaking pacing, brilliant editing, and superb acting—all in the service of a dynamite story based on real, mind-boggling events. It begins with the 1979 storming of the US embassy compound in Tehran.

Published in Film Reviews